Cucumber Beit Alpha. These mideast type cucumbers have a very thin skin, absolutely no bitterness, are mild, productive over a long season, one of the earliest to produce, and should go until a frost. In short, they are one of the best all-around cucumbers available. Pick them when they are about five or six inches long for best flavor and texture. They do well on a trellis but you can grow them on the ground also. Set out transplants or direct seed three feet apart (3-5 seeds per hill, thin to three best plants) with rows five to six feet apart. 5 gram packet.
Posted by Paul Kobulnicky on 6th Aug 2012
I had never grown a "beit alpha" before but did so this year. They are fantastic. I have been a long time favorite of the long hothouse types that I grow outdoors on a trellis but last year I went to Turkey where it seems that the cucumber is the national vegetable and they are almost exclusively "beit alpha" types. I grew them this year in Ohio and they are doing really well. Very strong and healthy vines with mostly female flowers. This is true while my long cukes have struggled in the heat and dry conditions (even though I water consistently). If you have never eaten a "beit alpha" type and want to try them, look for them in the supermarket where they are sold 5 or 6 in a plastic clamshell container. Each cuke is about as big as a bratwurst. There is no better eating cuke.